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Pakistan slips after Sangakkara's double ton

Pakistan ends day four on 4 for 1 after Sri Lanka declared its first innings at 533/9 shortly before stumps

Pakistan slips after Sangakkara's double ton  - Cricket News
Kumar Sangakkara's 221 was his tenth 200-plus score.
Kumar Sangakkara stole the show on the fourth day with a sterling double century in the first Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Galle on Saturday (August 9).

Sangakkara made 221, his tenth 200-plus score, as Sri Lanka declared its first innings at 533 for 9 shortly before stumps and a lead of 82 runs over Pakistan's 451.

Only Don Bradman, with 12 double centuries, has achieved more 200+ scores than Sangakkara. Sri Lanka then had Khurram Manzoor caught behind for 3 off Rangana Herath to keep Pakistan to 4 for 1 in six overs before the close of play. Ahmed Shehzad was on 1 and Saeed Ajmal, the nightwatchman, had yet to score at stumps.

Sangakkara was offered a reprieve off the first ball of the day when Abdur Rehman spilled a chance at point off Junaid Khan. It proved to be a costly drop as Sangakkara looked in fine form, keeping Pakistan's bowlers at bay for nearly 12 hours.

He departed after tea, stumped off Rehman, trying to increase the scoring rate. Ajmal, who at one point was wicketless for 46 overs, snared five on either side of tea to end with figures of 5 for 166 from 59.1 overs.

Earlier, Mahela Jayawardene was adjudged lbw off Junaid through the Decision Review System (DRS). Ian Gould wasn't moved by the bowler's appeal, but Pakistan had the decision overturned through DRS. Replays showed the ball hitting the top of the off stump.

Jaywardene, who will retire from Test cricket after the second and final Test at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo, made 59 in a third-wicket stand of 113 with Sangakkara.

Meanwhile, Sangakkara went to fourth place in the list of most centuries with his 37th hundred. Only India's Sachin Tendulkar (51), South Africa's Jacques Kallis (45) and Australia's Ricky Ponting (41) have scored more hundreds.

Angelo Mathews, the captain, also chipped in with 91. He was involved in a fourth-wicket stand of 181 with Sangakkara before he was caught at slips off Ajmal just before tea.

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